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bit comical. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. "way too early" starts right now. madam secretary, let me welcome you and thank you for honoring your commitment. >> you have represented our country with tremendous strength and poise. >> i want to echo the praise from my colleagues for your extraordinary service. >> i want to start by just thanking you for your remarkable leadership. >> it's great to see you here in good health. i'm so appreciative of your service. >> can't think of a person that exemplifies that balance in a public service career as well as you do. >> i salute you and i head to
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2016. >> madam secretary, first, let me thank you for your service. and i wish you the best in your future endeavors, mostly. >> good she laughed at that. secretary hillary clinton getting the rock star treatment on capitol hill from democrats, from republicans -- not so much. good morning, everyone. i'm brian schactman. we have a lot going on today including a new amounsment by the pentagon that for the first time will allow women to join men on the front lines of combat. plus -- >> you stuck to the script. you knew that something was amiss. >> correct. >> why? >> well, if anybody puts themselves in my situation, put yourself in my situation.
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>> manti te'o opens up to katie couric about why he lied about his girlfriend after finding out she was a fake. we'll show you more of that interview straight ahead. first, we have a lot to get to live here at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. starting with confirmation hearings beginning today for the man nominated to be the next secretary of state, senator john kerry is slated to go to the committee. it is the panel he chaired since 2009. kerry had not expected to draw that much resistance. let's put him if a little perspective politically. kerry served as president obama's mock debate partner during his re-election campaign. but he has pressured the administration at times urging the white house last year to speed up with the draul of u.s. troops from afghanistan. kerry was also influential in the administration's decision to intervene in libya. in case you forgot from his 2004 bid for the white house, he is one of the wealthiest members of
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the senate. he and wife teresa, heir to the heinz ketchup fortune are worth $180 million with a wide range of investments. in a letter to the state department legal adviser, kerry said he will divest any holdings that could be a conflict of interest within 90 days of being confirmed. he'll be introduced to day about the the current secretary hillary clinton. today's appearance expected to take on a much different tone than the tough questioning she faced yesterday about the deadly attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> when you're in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on. number one. >> railize. that. >> number two -- >> that's a good excuse. >> no, it's a fact. we had no doubt they were terrorists, they killed our people. but what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing -- >> no. again, we were misled. there were supposedly protests
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and then something sprang out of that and an assault sprang out of that. that was not the fact. and the american people could have known that within days. they didn't know that. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a president obama test or because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they would go kill some americans? what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happens and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> for me this is not just a matter of policy. it's personal. i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> senator ron johnson who we heard there would later tell i think she decided before she was
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going to describe emotionally the four dead americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions. it was a good way of getting out of really having o to respond to me. senator ran paul who expressed interest in running for president in 2016 said clinton would have been fired over the benghazi attack if he were in charge. >> i think that ultimately with your leaving you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. and i really mean that. had i been president at the time, and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, did you not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you of your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> intense day. she countered by insisting that part of the security failure in benghazi was the result of a lack of funding from congress. >> currently the house has holds on bilateral security assistance, on other kinds of support for anti-terrorism
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assistance. so we got to get our act together between the administration and the congress. if this is a priority. as i have said many times, i take responsibility. nobody is more committed to getting this right. i'm determined to leave the state department safer, stronger and more secure. >> also out of d.c., a potential crisis over the debt ceiling. looks like it will be averted, at least until the spring. the republican-controlled house passed a bill allowing the government to avoid default and continue borrowing money and paying its bills until may. it also requires lawmakers in both chambers to pass a budget if they actually want to keep getting paid their salary. with the senate set to sign on house speaker john boehner credited the bill for forcing the democrats' hand. >> after four years i'm glad the senate has finally decided to act. because there is no indication that we're going to do a budget until we announced last week
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that we were going to move this bill that said pass a budget or no pay. >> paul ryan wears that orange tie a lot. boehner wears that green tie quite a bit. the democrat-controlled senate has not produced a detailed budget in 1,366 days. yesterday democratic leaders said the measure is actually a victory for the president. >> i'm not sure what happened at the house republican retreat last week, but it sure had a mellowing effect on their members. maybe there were deep breathing exercises, soft jazz music. something good happened. the bill represents a huge deescalation on the debt ceiling issue. it hands the president his second major win in a month. and it shows that republicans are in full on retreat on fiscal policy. >> meanwhile, speaker boehner offering his interpretation of president obama's inauguration
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speech and what he sees as the president's two agenda for the second term. >> we're expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the republican party. and let me just tell you, i do believe that is their goal. to just shove us into the dust bin of history. >> the pentagon today is set to announce a major policy shift involving women in the military. women will now be allowed to serve in full combat roles. that could potentially include elite commando units and positions directly in the line of fire. nbc chief pentagon correspondent has more on the ground breaking announcement. >> reporter: for the past ten years, u.s. military women have served at the front lines in both iraq and afghanistan. but never allowed in direct
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ground combat roles. lifting the 20-year ban against women in combat will ultimately put them directly into the heat of battle. it opens some 237,000 combat-related positions to women. initially women will be assigned to combat support roles, communications, logistics and as drivers. gradually, they'll work their way close to the battle as medics, coremen and manning artillery before they become combat infantry troops. despite the ban, women paid the ultimate price of war. 152 u.s. military women have been killed in iraq and afghanistan. congresswoman tammy duckworth lost both her legs as an army combat helicopter pilot in iraq. she says lifting the ban will level the playing field for women. >> in order to make it to a general, for example, without a combat arms command at the brigade or a battalion level. this will now allow women to have some of the command time. >> reporter: at first, women
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would have to volunteer for combat duty and meet the same physical standards faced by men. >> they have to. the standard doesn't change just because they're a woman. >> reporter: but is the military prepared for women in combat? >> there will be plenty of complaints about it. i don't think it will have a negative effect on the strength of the force. >> reporter: and are women ready for combat? just ask tammy duckworth. >> well, i didn't lose my legs in a bar fight. >> jim will join the conversation coming up a little later on "morning joe." finally, what does it take to please the stock market these days? turns out quite a bit. apple, get this they released earnings yesterday. despite racking up a $13 billion profit and selling almost 30% more iphone ands nearly 50% more ipads, the company's stock fell 11%. actually, apple stock has dropped off the table since reaching the high of $705 in september. now close to $500 a share.
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still, apple profits continue to grow. besides, the company has just an astounding amount of cash on hand, $137 billion in cash. you want to know how much money that is? well, it could buy every team in the nba ten times over. 14 billion plus for the nba. they can play the entire gdp of iraq and afghanistan. or, how about this, buy 54 empire state buildings, at $2.5 billion a pop. if they stacked them on top of each other, that pile would be 15 miles high. why that's relevant to you this morning? we have no idea why. we thought it was kind of cool. so we told you anyway. the insight you only get here on "way too early." we want to know why you're awake. get off that couch, out of that bed, pick up that black berry or iphone. tweet me or text me.
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still ahead on "way too early," manti te'o speaks on camera for the first time telling katie couric why he lied about his girlfriend who doesn't exist despite knowing the truth. those clips are next in sports. plus, stephen colbert outraged at beyonce's lip sifrpgiyncing performance. my insurance rates are probably gonna double.
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this actually isn't hot coffee, it's hot water i picked up at the gas station. let's see if we can make a little bit of snow for everybody, see if it's cold enough for this it happen. hopefully i didn't leave this in the truck too long. yeah, that didn't work. >> you think he would practice that once or twice? >> that's my theory. >> put his tongue to a pole. a live shot of new york city here. this is bill karins with the forecast. do we have any old clips of you doing that? >> you don't test things out. you do it live on tv and get the natural reaction and make a fool of yourself. >> classic. it's cold. >> yeah, it remains that way. if you wake up this morning in maryland, especially coastal areas, you probably got a little coating on the car. someone just send us a photo, four inches on their car. most areas around d.c., baltimore, fredericksburg and virginia have picked up about an inch or two at most to a dusting around the d.c. metro area. still coming down. a slow morning commute there.
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a little slippery. also south of lake michigan nearing chicago, a snow band. so those are the only snow spots. this is cold. look at international falls. they call it the ice box of america. typically on the outbreaks of america, it is the coldest spot. it's not close this morning. temperature is minus 34. when you factor in the wind chills, there's is no wind in international falls. the wind chills in northern new england, negative 22 in burlington. boston, minus 15. it's just like yesterday morning. all the people in the southern half of the country are looking up at us and laughing. it is going to be 74 today in dallas and 73 in orlando. beautiful weather back to denver once again. we do have a little snow coming. there i am. great lakes, ohio valley, mountains of the appalachians to the east coast. about an inch or two friday into friday night. >> so no blarestown, new jersey? >> you can pick up an inch. >> we want the ponds to freeze so we can skate this weekend. >> you should be able to. i'll bring a rescue ice ladder. >> and i'll contacts my local fire department to make sure
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it's safe. in the first on camera interview since the story of his fake girlfriend was exposed, manti te'o admitted to lying about the situation in early december. yesterday he told katie couric that he perpetuated the story of his girlfriend's death even after he received a call on december 6th saying she was alive. >> you stuck to the script. and you knew that something was amiss, manti. >> correct. >> why? >> well, if anybody put yourself in my situation. katie, put yourself in my situation. my whole world told me that she died on september 12th. everybody knew that. this girl who i committed myself to died on september 12th. now i get a phone call on december 6th saying she's alive and then i'm going to be put on national tv two days later and ask me about the same question?
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you know, what would you do? >> he and his parents maintain that he was not in on the hoax and that his feelings over the course of the fake relationship were real. >> was this intoxicating in a way for you? >> i think for me, the only thing i basked in is i could -- i had an impact on people. that people turned to me and for inspiration. and i think that was the only thing i focused on. my story, i felt, was a guy who in times of hardship and times of trial really, you know, held strong to his faith, held strong to his family and i felt that that was my story. >> even if that hardship was perhaps exaggerated? >> no, it was what i went through was real. you know, the feelings, the pain, the sorrow. that was all real. >> espn reports the source close to him produced phone records
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showing over 1,000 calls totaling more than 500 hours between te'o and the phone number belonging to his former girlfriend. you can't get this out of a daytime soap. "the new york dai is reporting on the other side -- are you okay? >> yeah, i'm good. >> that manti te'o was talking to a guy on the other side of that phone line. now obviously that's not corroborated. today his interview will air later this afternoon. now college basketball. miami and big man reggie johnson taking on number one ranked duke. early in the first half, scott, take a look. steals it. cross court for the easy lay-up. easy for him. he'll go on a 25-1 run at the end of that half. and they wouldn't let up in the second.
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ryan brown with the alley-oop. always good for one a game. the slam. miami up by 30. late in the second, duke going for the dunk. miami takes it back to the other end where they have trey mckinney knocking down the three for a 79-50 hurricane lead. miami blows out top ranked duke and, of course, the obligatory rushing of the court. 93-63 is the final. the only unbeaten in the ncaa. on to the nba, the new orleans hornets, they plan to announce the name change to the new orleans pelicans later today. we've been pretty excited about this new mascot for a while here at "way too early." so to commemorate the occasion, we've had our graphics team whip up a prototype of what we believe the logo could look like. the name change will be effective starting next season. when i think of new orleans, i think of fried oysters before i think of pelicans. but i guess they're going to run with it.
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also programming note for you, two-time super bowl winning quarterback john elway will join us later on "morning joe" to talk a little bit about football and the super bowl. coming up at the top of the hour of "morning joe," hillary clinton closes out her tenure as secretary of state with a fiery hearing on capitol hill. we break down her testimony and what it says about the relationship with congress moving forward. when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler. give an inch and they take a mile. a new lawsuit targeted subway for skimping on size when it comes to the foot long sandwi sandwich sandwiches. details on that when "way too early" comes back. ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. it just hits you! that nasty odor coming from your washer.
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enough of the real news although i don't think the new orleans pelicans qualifies. time for the water cool we are lewis. >> it's good to be back in the studio here. i miss the crowd at the dubliner but i also missed you. >> i missed you. >> thank you for. that i'm sure you heard about this one. the shocking discovery that subway restaurants long advertised foot long sandwich is only about 11 inches long. this is killing me. i love subway foot long sandwiches. they vowed to insure the store bakes the bread to regulation foot long size. that is not enough for two new jersey subway customer who's are suing the company for falsitiesing. >> of course. >> the lawyer on the case
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measured sandwiches from 17 restaurants and not one was a full 12 inches long. so now he is seeking a class action status for the suit. preparing a similar case in pennsylvania. the attorney said in a statement, "it is important that large companies like subway promote and advertise their products accurately and deliver what they promise to consumers." the lawsuit centers says they cheat customers 45 cents per sandwich. they issued a statement saying it has not yet received a copy of the lawsuit. this is a big deal. this is a big deal. >> it's one inch of your sandwich and a ton of money for subway. one inch and a gazillion subs. >> it's $145 million earnings. >> and look at this guy. zoom in on this here. that is jason leslie. he eats about 50 subway foot long sandwiches over the past -- a year over the past 14 years. >> he doesn't look like jarrod. i don't know what his fitness
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routine is like. this is dominating news headlines all week. beyonce performance of the national anthem on monday's inauguration. stephen colbert is demanding answers from president obama. take a look. >> there's so much going on regarding the beyonce gate. >> beyonce gate. >> the latest on the beyonce lip gate. >> yes. lip gate. beyonce gate, the crisis in lipia. beyoncgazi. was there a second singer on the grassy knoll? mr. president, the american people demand answers. what did beyonce sing? when did she sing it? and is that even beyonce? it could have been sasha fierce. so far -- so far, folks in, response to this growing scandal, beyonce has had no comment. though at this point we don't even know if that's her not
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commenting. or whether she was just not moving her lips to a prerecorded silence. either way, folks, it is now official. jay z officially has 100 problems. >> not bad. >> the writers on that show are unbelievable. thank you for that, lewis. we're tight on time. still ahead, why you are awake? text, tweets and e-mails and "morning joe" moments away. look what mommy is having.
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